Accenture Federal Services won a $30 million contract with the Department of Homeland Security to further extend data sharing and web services for the U.S. biometric identification system.
Under the nine-month contract, the company will help DHS’ office of biometric identity management update technology used to screen international visitors at ports of entry and identify immigration violators, criminals and terrorists, Accenture said Tuesday.
Rocky Thurston, who heads Accenture's DHS business, said the office is responsibile for facilitating travel and trade and ensuring the integrity of the U.S. immigration system.
DHS intends for the program to establish biometric information exchanges between security officers from the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.
Accenture will also work to reduce the time required for new users to access the biometric system from nine months to three weeks.
The company has managed the DHS-wide automated biometric identification system since 2004.